The Flyers appear to have a liking to Swedish Elite League club, Brynäs IF.
The Flyers used their final pick at the 2018 NHL Draft to select Swedish forward Marcus Westfält at 205th overall.
Westfält is a versatile player who can play a complete 200-foot game, using his big 6’3″, 203 pounds to win battles and create plays. At the age of 18, Westfält notched a goal and three assists in 31 games. He also appeared in eight playoff games for Brynäs without registering a point.
In those 31 games, he only managed to put 15 shots on net, most of it due in large part to his lack of time on ice. Westfält averaged 7:17 of time on ice per game, the third-lowest amount on his team for players who averaged 20 or more games. While the ice time isn’t there, the experience is valuable for a player that young.
According to his scouting report on eliteprospects.com, Westfält is regarded as a player who:
Can consistently make the right play with the puck on his stick.. tends to play a pro-style game with good hockey IQ, passing ability.
Funny enough, that is eerily similar to Oskar Lindblom when he was first drafted. A very skilled player who makes the smart, simple plays. The highest spot Westfält was predicted to go was #115 by Future Considerations, the lowest was #162 by McKeens Hockey. He was also ranked the 37th best European skater by NHL Central Scouting.
His skating can definitely be improved, but the value is very good for a seventh-round pick. Perhaps in an increased role for Brynäs we could see Westfält develop into another Oskar Lindblom?